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1. Joey Votto (1B)
2. Evan Longoria (3B)
3. Ian Kinsler (2B)
4. Cliff Lee (SP)
5. Zack Greinke (SP)
6. Ben Zobrist (SS/2B/OF)
7. Johnny Cueto (SP)
8. Desmond Jennings (OF)
9. Matt Moore (SP)
10. Carlos Beltran (OF)
11. Doug Fister (SP)
12. Joe Nathan (RP)
13. Adam LaRoche (1B-Util)
14. Ryan Doumit (C/OF)
15. Ben Revere (OF)
16. Andre Either (OF-Util)
17. JJ Hardy (SS-BN)
18. Rafael Betancourt (RP)
19. Todd Fraizer (1B/3B/OF-BN)
20. Brandon McCarthy (SP)
21. Mike Morse (OF-BN)
22. Ricky Romero (SP-BN)
23. Lorenzo Cain (OF-BN)
24. Alex Rodriguez (3B-BN)
Two closers wont win you the save categorie;Either get 3,or more closers,or punt the category.
I could understand,though,if you want to just draft 2 closers then add 1,or more later as the closers change jobs;That's a decent strategy,because the closer position is more of a fluid position than an etched in stone position.
I don't like Cain & A.Rod in the last rounds;I'd rather have more pitchers.Big offensive benches equate to deadweight.Most offensive benchwarmers don't get enough starts to justify owning them.So you might as well get those extra Ks,Ws,and/or saves from added pitchers.
As far as your early picks,Cliff Lee was a mistake.You should've taken an OFer in the 4th round,then an SP in the 10th.
The 4th round is a great round for OFers with players like Ellsbury,Harper,Cespedes,Adam Jones,and Jay Bruce going there;Then in the 10th there's SPs like Ian Kennedy,Lincecum (Could have a huge bounce back year.),and Samardja.Mocks are to help you iron out these decisions,but the thing I've found is it's better to draft HIGH QUALITY HITTERS & A HIGH QUANTITY OF PITCHERS.This would mean taking Ian Kennedy & Ellsbury (contract year player) over Cliff Lee & over the hill Carlos Beltran.
I still believe in taking 2,or 3 SPs in the 1st 10 rounds,but offense takes precedence over them.I liked Greinke in the 5th,and Fister in the 11th..I just think you went a little too much overboard taking 5 SPs in the 1st 11 rounds,and Lee is the pick that hurt your offense the worst.
- 1 Reply to Randy
All great advice. I really appreciate the feedback. The tip about Cliff Lee was especially helpful. I realize now that drafting a pitcher too early forced me to reach for Jennings to get my first OF, when I should have kept drafting offense. I thought I read someone else's draft strategies of making 4 of the first 5 picks offense and having a pitcher among the first 5 picks, but I see now that the better approach is as you put it: High quality hitters and high quantity of pitchers.
As far as closers go, yeah this is a category that I don't put a lot of emphasis on. In my view, closers are not that important since saves are only 1 stat out of 10 in this standard 5x5 league and I think my efforts are better spent in other areas, but I could be wrong. It might not be a bad idea to have an extra closer since my bench will encompass more pitching and less hitting.
As for A-Rod, I took a gamble that I would stash him in 1 of my 2 DL spots and then put him in towards the end of the season for late rewards. Fortunately, this was just a practice round against AIs and my draft isn't until late March. I've got a lot of time to practice, and I'll take your advice to heart.
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